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  INVOC Coaching and Training Series 

Session 1: Sunday March 18th: Glenmore, Nr Aviemore - Compass bearings and attack points session - Completed

Session 2: Sunday April 22nd: Gallowhill, North Kessock.   Compass work - Completed 


Next session:


Session 3: Sunday May 13th: Evanton Woods, Evanton.  11am to 12.30pm.

Orange (TD3): This will be a relocation exercise.

Lt Green to Black (TD4/5): This will take the form of a Norwegian style map simplification/ map memory event for TD4/TD5 athletes  Don't worry, there will be no compulsion to rely on just your memory and an all controls map will be available for those who wish to do their own training.

Final details for Evanton are:-
Timings: Please arrive at 1045  to be ready for an 11 am start.  We will be finished by 12.30. 
Directions: From the A9 north, take the B817 to Evanton.  Once in the village, turn up the street with the Co-op on the corner and park there.  The wood is accessible via all the streets going off that road to the right (North).  We will meet by the forest classroom at the forest car-park.
Cost: £2 per person.  Please pay a coach on arrival


Safety : please be aware that there are ticks about due to the ‘warm’ weather.  Do remember to check yourself for ticks when you get home.  The wood is bounded by the river on the north side.  There are very steep drops in some places – TD5 runners please take care in that area.

Contact Suzanne for more info and to put your name down by Friday May 11th This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Subsequent sessions

Session 4: Sunday June 24: Venue to be arranged. 

TD5 Winter Training

Technical Difficulty 5 (TD5) the lingo for the top navigation challenge faced by those running green, blue, brown and black courses. After the success of last years series monthly training series we will be repeating it again, but with a difference this year.  This year we will be doing some Wednesday evening trainings with the occasional weekend training.  TD5 training will be included in the coaching and training series.  Anyone willing to plan the training session should contact Suzanne This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or James This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Coaches' Tips

For those of you who need to brush up on your control description symbols, they are all here


If you want  an idea of what techniques you need to be mastering next, have a look at the BOF step system chart here

New Coaches

We always have room for more coaches. If you love orienteering, working with youngsters/adult beginners and want to pass your skills onto others, you're the person we are looking for.

The current system for qualifying as a coach involves attending a one day Coaching Foundation Course followed by a 2 day residential course at Glenmore Lodge to take you to UKCC Level 1. This would then qualify you to coach up to TD3 with certain restrictions. Funding is normally available to cover the cost of courses.

Further details and dates are on the SOA website

Suzanne would be happy to answer any queries you may have about the process - just email coaching"at"

Junior Badges and Incentives

Star Awards

We are intending to implement a new * Star * Award system shortly which will enable juniors to keep track of their own progression through learning the different skills and help coaches to fill in any gaps. Folders and record sheets will be given out at Abriachan.

Juniors! Collect event badges for attendance at events. Badges are awarded after attending 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 events. Download your event record sheets here, or contact the coaching team - coaching"at"

Record sheet - events 1 to 10

Record sheet - events 11 to 25

Record sheet - events 26 to 40

Record sheet - events 41 to 50